Wendy’s colleagues run relay to thank Chaseley charity

Wendy Dowman.
Wendy Dowman.

COLLEAGUES of a police officer left wheelchair bound after an accident have taken part in a 185 mile relay to raise money for the home that looks after her.

Police Sergeant Wendy Dowman remains in a low awareness state and needs 24-hour care for all her physical and social needs at Chaseley in Eastbourne.

She suffered a catalogue of injuries in a horrific crash in Hellingly when a trailer crashed into her car while she was driving along the A267 with her mother on September 5, 2010.

To raise money for Chaseley, colleagues at Sussex Police took part in a 185-mile relay run around the county’s police station.

The first leg was run by Chief Constable Martin Richards and his deputy Giles York with officers and staff each running a section of the route which goes between 15 police stations in Sussex.

The relay event was organised by Sergeant Carrie Kwasniewski from the Mid Sussex District Neighbourhood Policing Team.

She said, “I have known Sergeant Wendy Dowman for almost my whole career. She is a very good friend and colleague.

“I went to visit Wendy just before Christmas and she is so well looked after at Chaseley that myself and colleagues decided we had to do something to support the charity.”

Chief Constable Martin Richards said, “I enjoyed running the first leg of the relay to support The Chaseley Trust and the fantastic work the charity does.

“Chaseley has become a home for Sergeant Dowman and now we would like to do something to assist them with continuing to care for her and others who require nursing care. I would like to commend Sergeant Carrie Kwasniewski for her dedication in organising this event.”

Sue Wyatt, the chief executive from Chaseley Trust, said, “It is wonderful that this event took place with so many officers participating to raise funds and awareness throughout Sussex for our charity.

“This will greatly benefit the people who use our services and we are enormously grateful to Sergeant Carrie Kwasniewski for taking the initiative to organise this amazing relay.”

The Chaseley Trust was initially set up in 1946 to look after servicemen and ex-servicemen at its main home, Chaseley. It also has a second innovative nursing home comprising of detached and semi-detached bungalows.

Nowadays, Chaseley cares for adults from the age of 18 with all types of disability, from spinal injury, acquired brain injury and stroke, to multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and a wide range of other neurological conditions.

During the relay run officers ran between police stations with the final leg between Eastbourne Police Station and the Chaseley Trust on the seafront.

Pictured: Wendy Dowman relaxing in London before suffering her horrific crash injuries and Martin Richard and Giles York at the start of the relay.